Perils, Pastimes, and Pleasures of an Emigrant in Australia, Vancouver’s Island and California
Scarce Title Capturing Pre-1849 Australia, California and Trade on the Northwest Coast
Kurutz, The California Gold rush 661: Both the dedication and introduction are signed “J.W.”. According to a note in the copy possessed by the British Columbia Archives and Records Service., “J.W.” was James Ward. Ferguson also attributes authorship to Ward. The author was in California before1848. News of gold discovery reached England when his travel book was at the press. In response, he added a 100 page appendix describing California, the effect of the discovery on the world gold market, and advice on various routes to California. He also included a chart of “Voyages to the western coast of America.”
Eberstadt 115:264: “The author came to California while that country was still the lazy land of missions, dashing caballeros and laughing senoritas. Neither gold nor conquest had yet come to mar the picture. His narrative affords an interesting view of the country as it was during the last days of the old regime, and as it became following the gold discovery. An appendix Of nearly 100 pages is given over to an account of the mining districts, the character of the diggings, the routes thither, etc.” Ferguson 5237. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 1758: “In the chapter headed Sandwich Islands, the author discusses trade with the Northwest coast and California.”
Chapters in the appendix on California are: “the Voyage to the Gold Country”, “The Sudden Influx of the Precious Metals”, “Fluctuations of the Precious Metals”, “Fluctuations in the Relative Value of Gold and Silver”, “Hoarding, One of the Causes which Maintains the Value of the Precious Metals”, “What Effect Will the Discovery of the Mines in California Have upon the Industrial Relations of the World?”, “The Isthmus of Panama”, “Prince Louis Napoleon’s Project to Connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by Means of a Canal”, and Shortest Route Across the Isthmus of Panama”. The two Voyage charts are present.
London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1849, Octavo, First edition, 404 pages, old library stamps on top corner of several pages, half title not present. Modern full green morocco, spine gilt in compartments, 5 raised bands. A handsome First Edition of a scarce title.
Ferguson 5237, Forbes 1758, Howes B267 (under J.W. Bayswater); Kurtuz: California Gold Rush 661.